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Your data when overseas is more vulnerable!

Tips to travel with digital gadgets

· data protection,EU GPRD,travel advisory,information security

Nowadays, traveling with your electronic devices (mobile, laptop, tablets etc.) is as important as traveling with your luggage.

Whether for leisure or or business, electronic gadgets have became an indispensible aspect of travel. A few years ago, people started to insert locks on their luggage for security reasons. Although precautions have been taken to ensure your luggage is safe, do you implement the same security measures with your electronic devices?

Are you aware that your data and personal information can be stolen if you do not take proper actions to protect them?

Whether you are travelling domestically or internationally, security cannot be taken for granted. Most people tend to forget or ignore the importance of information security and how easily their data can be accessed. In order to avoid data security breaches from occuring, we have the following suggestions:

Prior to your trip

It is important that as you prepare your personal belongings well before your trip that you also do the same for your devices.

  1. Backup your data: We recommend that you always backup your data before you travel. In case you lose your data along with your device or some malware corrupted your data during the trip, you can rest assured that you have a clean copy from which you can recover your data. For iPhones, iCloud can backup your phone data and photos. 
  2. Install an antivirus: Even if it is a free one, having some protection is better than having no protection at all.
  3. Install encryption software: As an extra layer of security prior to your trip, you can install an encryption software to protect your data (for example on Android devices they have a built-in option to encrypt your data). 

During your trip

    1. Never connect to open networks: Open networks represent a major risk to data security. It would be like leaving your house door open where anyone can enter. You can use PowerData2Go, to make sure that you will be connected to a secure and private network.
    2. Be wary of any programs that you install/run in your devices: Make sure you install programs from trusted sources. 
    3. Do not click on suspicious links, prompts, or pop-ups that present things too good to be true.
    4. Avoid plugging accessories such as USB, charging cable, or SD cards that can infect your devices. Alternatively, make usage of the cloud and share files via the cloud more securely.
    5. Connect to websites that show HTTPS: When you connect to websites using HTTP, they exchange unencrypted information. This could expose your information to attackers on public networks that you use during your travel.  To make sure websites are trustworthy, double check it has HTTPS, before accessing.

    After your trip

    If you suspect that there has been a security breach you can try the following:

    1. Change password: You can change your passwords once you are back from your trip.
    2. Clear Browsing data, cache, and cookies to prevent others from accessing your cookies or cache to track where you had been.
    3. Restore from a previous backup if needed.
    4. Scan portable storage with anti-virus: Sometimes people may plant a computer virus or malware in USB disk or SD cards. The infected files may then activate after you return to office!

    Based in Singapore, PowerData2Go's solution is a blend of personal WIFI hotspot hardware and VoIP (voice over IP) software working together to bring seamless connectivity to frequent travelers.

    Tech Reference : ESET's Aryeh Goretsky handy travel, security and privacy guide.

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